Age 80

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Such a inspiration and was a honor to have taken a class from him and shared his love of dance with my students for the past 25 years.

Hello, friends and family of Chuck DAVIS -

What a personal shock to learn this morning of the passing of Dr. Chuck DAVIS, a man whom I have admired for too many years to count. Dr. DAVIS was a man of peace and a force for goodness, brotherhood, and understanding in the world. And he loved and cherished his role, just as those of us who met him at least once or twice in person loved and cherished him. Although he was a talented dancer, he will always be remembered as a joyous...

Umkhathi Theatre Works from Zimbabwe

"Ago Ame" Rest in peace Baba Chuck, I never thought when you said goodbye to me and Umkhathi in Washington DC in 2013 you meant that you will never meet us again. The sun has set, the giant has rested. We shall forever cherish your teachings, "I am because you are". Peace and blessings. Ukuthula lezibusiso.

"Gone too soon." This great giant walked but also danced and made us dance as well. Glad I met a loving character as Baba Davis. Now is the time for the great giant to sleep. rest with the best of them great brother. In your loving memory I will now dance for you.

Your presence will truly be missed.

As student, mentee, performer in 1980-81 with Baba Chuck; (Uncle Chucky), the honor of the experience enlightens me to this day. A void had become apparent in me as the Memorial Celebration drew near. Unable to attend I watched the service on youtube. The void has moved now to motivation and inspiration to keep our traditional culture intact and to preserve the passion of our very own icon, Chuck Davis. I will never forget the one on one conversations after performances especially in Atlanta...

We will always have Return to Goree African Dance Company at Dance Africa DC, and Dance Africa, Pittsburgh 2016. Love you always. Rest in love and power! We will keep the culture alive! Save me a spot near the Djun-Djuns!!!

Mama Willa Walker

A gentle giant who acted like a king.

It was always a thrill to see him in Durham, be it Whole Foods Restaurant or the American Dance Festival.

I hope a statue of him will be built in Durham. He was our ambassador of good will.

You will be missed. Gone but never forgotton


CHARLES's Obituaries

DAVIS--Charles. BAM board and staff mourn the passing of "Baba Chuck" Davis, beloved founding artistic director of DanceAfrica. Chuck's passion and respect for heritage fostered knowledge and pride in the dance traditions of Africa and the African diaspora. Beginning in 1977, he...

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